By Spy Uganda
Kampala: As a constitutional mandate, the Uganda Youth Football Association (UYFA) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 10th July 2021 at the FUFA Special Interest Groups offices in Lungujja, Kampala.
With a limited number present at the physical assembly, many of the members followed attentively via internet technology (Zoom).
A new executive committee led by Roberts Kiwanuka was announced as they peacefully received the instruments of power from the out-going wing headed by John Bosco Masiko, now an honorary UYFA chairman.
”Together with my team, we plan to initiate several task forces for youth leagues, improve standards of youth football, improve on competitions at all levels, increase on media coverage and branding of UYFA to attract more partners, improve player welfare (Diet, health, education), empower communities that raise better footballers, improve membership by offering membership benefits, introduction of academy league and championship (Uganda Academy League),” Kiwanuka disclosed.
The federation was ably represented by the FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu Watenga and Swalley Kenyi (FUFA Member Associations officer).
”I want to thank the organizers for the AGM. I bring warm greetings from FUFA leadership particularly the FUFA president Eng. Moses Magogo. The Federation is proud of the organization and achievement. COVID-19 hit all of us so hard. I credit UYFA for being steady fast and work amidst the pandemic with the online AGM. Youth football is a conveyor belt concept to grow the beautiful game. As FUFA, we continue to plan and work together for the football development with priority to girls football, among others. I strongly caution against illegal player exodus, illicit player transfers. Enhance the player data base and better infrastructure. Encourage women into youth football. FUFA will wholesomely support the youth protection policy,” Mandu stated.
Delegates approved the work plan and budget of Shs. 202,400,000/= for the 2021 – 2022 period.
This assembly officially admitted new members as; Mbale Kids Soccer Academy, Wakatayi Soccer Academy – Luwero, Jean Sseninde United Soccer Academy, Everton Foundation Uganda Academy – Kawempe, Kona Abicial Sports Academy – Agago, Mbale Sonset Soccer Academy, Friends of Goodwill Soccer Academy – Apaci, Amerigo Youth Soccer Academy – Mbale, Ishaka Ruins Soccer Academy – Ishaka, FISPA – Masaka, Sparrows Sports Club, Kigezi Soccer Academy – Kabale and Youth Environment Services (YES) Academy – Busia.
New Executive committee:
Kiwanuka is chairman. He is assisted by Morris Otidi and Farouk Kigongo as first and second deputies respectively.
Mansoor Kabugo, Gad Batuuse, Peter Sserumaga, Patience Athuhaire and John Michael Erebu are the committee members.
The co-opted members are; Abbey Ssentongo, Francis Mugoya and Warren Akankwasa.
Shafik Kigongo retained as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Kennedy Steven Ssekabira is the deputy CEO. Swaibu Mbuga heads the media committee that also has Martin Kaddu and Alex Kasirye.
Robert Lubega, Joel Muwanguzi and Dennis Namanya are in charge of events.
Football Development committee has Farouk Kigongo, Sharon Acheng, Bashir Mutyaba and Anthony Papira.
Ibra Kakeeto, Peter Sserumaga, Kabugo Mansoor and Moses Mawa are in competitions.
Christine Wanyana is in charge of women football while Ronald Ssali, Salim Twaha Blanden and Fahad Zzimula are for youth.
Counsel Patience Atuhaire, Counsel Derrick Lutalo and Hajji Jafari Ssenganda are on the legal committee.
Gad Batuuse, Abbey Ssentongo Donaca, Sarah Birungi and Naftal Mukasa are part of the finance committee.
The girls football development committee has Yasin Mubiru, Fridah Mabeeri and Betty Mayanja.
Warren Akankwasa, Ronald Alonso and Francis Mugoya sit on the marketing committee.
Faizal Nsubuga, Brian Nsubuga, Robert Tugume and Timothy Gumisiriza are in charge of youth referees.
Ibra Nsereko, Zakaria Mulawa and Isaac Mulywani are in charge of communications.
Destiny Nsubuga, Dorothy Namugenyi and Sergie Maiklish Morshe are on futsal committee.
Beach soccer committee has Anthony Tumwesigye, Shafic Mudholo and Shafik Kakooza.
Ethics, Disciplinary and fair play has Rev. Father Francis Sseguya, Hashim Kato, Faizal Nsubuga, Moses Mawa Muze and Morris Otidi
Among the regional coordinators include Morris Otidi (Lango),Paul Ocheng (Northern), Bernard Owor (Bukedi), Shafik Kakooza (Entebbe Road), Isaac Ogogo (Central), Ibrahim Nsereko (Kawempe), Julius Lubega (Rubaga), Bosco Dudu (West Nile), Ronald Alonso Nuwasiima (Ankole), Jessy Lukoki, among others.